Shenandoah River

State Park - Virginia

Shenandoah River State Park, is near the town of Bentonville, Virginia, along 5.2 miles of shoreline at the South Fork Shenandoah River. In addition to meandering river frontage, the park offers scenic views of Massanutten Mountain to the west and Shenandoah National Park to the east. A large riverside picnic area, picnic shelters, trails, river access and a car-top boat launch make this a popular destination for families, anglers and canoeists. Ten riverfront tent campsites, a campground with water and electric sites, cabins, camping cabins and a group campground are available. With more than 24 miles of trails and a new zipline, the park has plenty of options for hiking, biking, horseback riding and adventure.

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Visitor Map of Shenandoah River State Park (SP) in Virginia. Published by Virginia State Parks.Shenandoah River - Visitor Map

Visitor Map of Shenandoah River State Park (SP) in Virginia. Published by Virginia State Parks.

Official Visitor Map of Shenandoah National Park (NP) in Virginia. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Shenandoah - Visitor Map

Official Visitor Map of Shenandoah National Park (NP) in Virginia. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

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Trail Guide for Shenandoah River State Park (SP) in Virginia. Published by Virginia State Parks.Shenandoah River - Trails

Trail Guide for Shenandoah River State Park (SP) in Virginia. Published by Virginia State Parks.

Travel Guide for Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Published by Virginia Tourism.Virginia State - Shenandoah Valley

Travel Guide for Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Published by Virginia Tourism.

Brochure of Virginia State Parks. Published by Virginia State Parks.Virginia State - Virginia State Parks

Brochure of Virginia State Parks. Published by Virginia State Parks.

Features & Stories of the Travel Guide for Virginia. Published by Virginia Tourism.Virginia State - Virginia Travel Guide

Features & Stories of the Travel Guide for Virginia. Published by Virginia Tourism.

Shenandoah River SP https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/shenandoah-river https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shenandoah_River_Raymond_R._%22Andy%22_Guest_Jr._State_Park Shenandoah River State Park, is near the town of Bentonville, Virginia, along 5.2 miles of shoreline at the South Fork Shenandoah River. In addition to meandering river frontage, the park offers scenic views of Massanutten Mountain to the west and Shenandoah National Park to the east. A large riverside picnic area, picnic shelters, trails, river access and a car-top boat launch make this a popular destination for families, anglers and canoeists. Ten riverfront tent campsites, a campground with water and electric sites, cabins, camping cabins and a group campground are available. With more than 24 miles of trails and a new zipline, the park has plenty of options for hiking, biking, horseback riding and adventure.
WELCOME TO SHENANDOAH RIVER STATE PARK. To make your visit safe and more pleasant, we ask that you observe the following: Take only pictures, leave only footprints. Park in designated areas only. Please note there is a parking fee charged year-round at all Virginia State Parks. Self-pay parking information is available at the contact station. PRESERVE – Help preserve your park. Please don’t cut or mar any plants or trees. Collecting animal or plant life is allowed only for scientific purposes by permit from the Richmond headquarters. Don’t feed any wild animals. CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT POLICY Camping: Check-in 4 p.m. Check-out 1 p.m. Cabins and Yurts: Check-in 4 p.m. Check-out 10 a.m. In many cases, campers may be accommodated prior to the official check-in. Please remember that only those 18 or older may register. The registrant is responsible for all occupants of the campsite or cabin. Feel free to arrive early and enjoy park amenities prior to check-in. areas (inside your cabin or camping unit) or in areas designated on permits issued by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Overnight guests are encouraged to be familiar with the early departure policy since it impacts any refund due. The policy and frequently asked questions are here: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/faq. PETS - Pets are permitted in enclosed areas or on a leash CAMPING - Camping is allowed only in designated ALCOHOL - State law permits alcohol use only in private no longer than 6 feet. Please clean up after your pet. Pets must be attended at all times. State Park regulations prohibit dogs on designated swimming beaches. DRONES AND OTHER AIRCRAFT - Drones, other unmanned aerial vehicles, including remote control aircraft, and aircraft in general may not be flown in state parks pursuant to 4VAC5-30-400. LITTER - Please help us keep the park clean by placing litter and recyclables in the proper receptacles and recycle centers or carrying out your trash. The releasing of balloons is not allowed. Decorative balloons must be deflated and disposed of as trash. FIRE - Help prevent wildfires. Fires must be confined to grills, camp stoves or designated fire rings. Fires must be attended at all times and extinguished when left. Firewood is generally available for purchase at the park. Campers and guests may collect only downed and dead firewood. We enforce all seasonal and emergency bans on open fires. POLLUTION - Help reduce pollution. Dump stations, laundry sinks and slop sinks, where available, are for the proper disposal of wastewater. Please, no boat, RV or car washing. SWIMMING - There are no designated swimming areas. Wading and floating are permitted. FISHING - A Virginia freshwater fishing license is required. GUESTS - Your guests are our guests. For everyone’s safety campgrounds. Campsite occupancy is a maximum of six people or the number of people in a single household. Two camping units are allowed per campsite; only one axled camper is allowed per site. All camping units, equipment and vehicles must be placed within the perimeter of the designated campsite without infringing on adjoining campsites or vegetation. Where high-impact areas are designated, all camping units, equipment and vehicles must be within the area’s defined borders. Park in designated areas only. PARKING - Only two motor vehicles, as well as the camping unit, are permitted on a campsite without incurring additional fees. Cabin guests are allowed two vehicles for a two-bedroom cabin, three vehicles for a three-bedroom cabin and six vehicles for a six-bedroom cabin per day without an additional parking fee charge. Those with additional vehicles must pay a parking fee for each day the vehicle is in the park. The number of vehicles allowed to park at the cabin varies according to site design and other factors. All vehicles must be parked in designated areas, either at the cabin or in the designated overflow parking area. All vehicles must be parked in designated areas. Lock valuables in your trunk and keep your vehicle locked when unattended. The maximum overnight stay per park is 14 days in any 30-day period. and security, please register all visitors with the park office. Visitors will not be admitted to camping and cabin areas unless so identified. Visitors are permitted only between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. GROUP EVENTS - A special Use Permit is required for all group events that involve amplified sound, catering, equipment rentals and vendor deliveries. QUIET HOURS - Quiet hours are between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. barrier-free as possible. Universally accessible facilities are available throughout Virginia State Parks. The use of generators is prohibited at all times. EMERGENCY - For fire or medical emergencies, dial 911. For Virginia State Parks For more information, visit www.virginiastateparks.gov or contact the park office. Shenandoah River a law enforcement or critical maintenance issue or afterhours non-emergency assi
SHENANDOAH VALLEY Massanutten Resort Tubing—McGaheysville JUMP Feel like a kid again (and bring your own) at Valley Jump Park, a trampoline park in Penn Laird. Featuring 7,000 square feet of open jump and obstacle courses, it's the ultimate stop for a ton of fun during your travels. Looking to sightsee from a different perspective? Skydive Shenandoah offers both single and tandem skydiving over the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains and expansive farmlands. SHENANDOAH VALLEY 116 116 S TA B L E C R A F T B R E W I N G ( WAY N E S B O R O ) : T R AV E L I N G N E W LY W E D S / S H E N A N D O A H R I V E R S TAT E PA R K ( B E N T O N V I L L E ) : T O N Y H A L L We guarantee rush hour in the Shenandoah Valley is unlike anywhere else, intersecting breathtaking scenery and outdoor recreation with diverse shopping, restaurants and of course, fabulous vineyards. For a first-hand view of how local geology has shaped both the land and the iconic Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River, head to Seven Bends State Park. More than 1,000 acres include over four miles of river frontage, hiking and mountain biking trails, plus meadows, forests and other natural assets just waiting to be explored. SARAH HAUSER The SHENANDOAH VALLEY reveals stunning natural beauty with each changing season. With the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and Alleghenies to the west, its rich agricultural roots have created ample opportunity to reconnect with both the land and the locals – at pick-your own farms, family-owned wineries and breweries, and authentic farm-to-table experiences. Straddling Interstate 81 for approximately 140 miles, this region is the ideal getaway for friends and families seeking fresh-air fun, coupling world-class outdoor assets and mountain-centric resorts. EXPLORE Shenandoah River State Park—Bentonville TOUR Adventurers need apply to explore the Fields of Gold Farm Trail. Discover the homegrown side of Virginia, where agriculture first got its roots. From pond to patch and everything in between, local farmers share their experiences and offer the trip of a lifetime for lucky visitors. Get a taste of agri-tourism events like cutting your own Christmas tree at Every Soul Acres or picking your own blueberries at Hickory Hill Farm. Take home stone-ground, preservative-free flours, grits and cornmeal found at Virginia’s oldest, continuously operating commercial grist mill, Wade’s Mill, a registered Virginia Landmark also on the National Register of Historic Places. Stable Craft Brewing—Waynesboro SIP Taste some of the best craft beverages in the Shenandoah Valley along the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail and Shenandoah Spirits Trail. Choose from nearly 50 sites to experience patio sunsets, family-friendly atmospheres (welcoming kids and dogs) and tasty beverages to enjoy with friends. Sample from 16 brews at Stable Craft Brewing, located at Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables (a real working farm you can tour), complete with incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Or, try Winchester Ciderworks, a marriage of old world tradition with new world know-how, featuring locally grown apples from the Shenandoah Valley. PLAY The fun never stops for two great resorts in the area, offering year-round entertainment for families of all ages and sizes. At Bryce Resort, guests can go snow or grass skiing; practice the bike trails with beginner, intermediate and expert trails; play the 18-hole golf course; horseback ride; play tennis; or boat, canoe and paddle on a 45-acre lake. Thrill-seekers can zoom through the skies on their 11 zipline platforms, traversing the slopes and through the woods, too! At Massanutten Resort, enjoy a round of golf, see if you can get out of their escape room and splash around the water park. Plus, head to the family adventure park for activities like snow and summer tubing, quick flight free falling and a Ridge Rappel & Climbing Excursion. VIRGINIA .ORG 117 u O F F E R S A C C E S S F O R P E O P L E W H O A R E B L I N D O R H AV E L O W V I S I O N b c BUSES/GROUP S WELCOME P E T - F R I E N D LY FA C I L I T Y $ P R O V I D E S P R I N T E D M AT E R I A L I N B R A I L L E D PROVIDES DES CRIPTIONS BY A TRAINED AUDIO DES CRIBER P R O V I D E S A D E V I C E U S E D F O R C O M M U N I C AT I O N W I T H A N D B E T W E E N H E A R I N G I M PA I R E D ADMISSION REQUIRED I s W PROVIDES SIGN LANGUAGE PROVIDES ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEMS ADA-COMPLIANT Clear Brook 50 Winchester 340 522 White Post Strasburg Bryce Mountain 81 7 Millwood 33 66 Front Royal 250 Luray Glen Maury Park 101 Maury Park Dr., 540-261-7321; bvcity.org/ glen-maury-park. 315-acre park offering camping, golf, pool, ball fields, playground, picnic pavilions, hike/bike trails, fishing and access to Maury River. bj 340 Staunton Historic Dayton Tourist Information Center 382 High St., 540-879-2616; heritagecenter.com. BUENA VISTA 340 81 BROWNSBURG Buena Vista Visitor Center 595 East 29th St. I-81 Exit 18
Environmental Education Virginia State Parks are premier environmental education sites. Schools, scouts, groups and individuals are encouraged to come learn more about their world. Backyard Classroom programs, incorporating Virginia’s Standards of Learning, promote lifelong learning. They also help young people enjoy, appreciate and understand the outdoors. Programs & Festivals Master new outdoor cooking recipes. Pan for gold or tour a cave. Learn or improve outdoor skills. Enjoy a rangerled hike, eagle tour or owl prowl. Workshops and events are as diverse as the parks. VIRGINIA Discounts Virginia State Parks are affordable every day, but annual passes can save you money on parking, boat launching and swimming. The Customer Loyalty Program lets you earn points that can be redeemed for free or discounted overnight stays. STATE PARKS You can also receive a 25 percent discount on weekend cabins if you make a reservation on Thursday or Friday, based on availability. Just ask for the discount on the phone when you make the reservation. Park Accessibility Virginia State Parks strive to make each park as barrier-free as possible. Contact the Customer Service Center or individual parks for more information before your trip. Pets Pets are welcome but must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet or in an enclosed area at all times. Cabin guests are charged $10 plus tax per night per pet. No pet fee is charged for camping. There’s plenty of history, too. Immerse yourself in Colonial times, the Civil War or the Underground Railroad. When it comes to festivals, you’ll find music, arts and crafts, local food and beverage, classic cars and more. Up-to-theminute, comprehensive information is available at www.virginiastateparks.gov. Nature & History All parks have trails, many with signs explaining the environment. Wander trails at First Landing through cypress swamps or hike Caledon’s trails along ridges and ravines through rare oldgrowth forest. Overlooks at Hungry Mother, Grayson Highlands and Natural Tunnel offer a glimpse of powerful geological forces that shaped the land. See how rivers shaped some parks, such as Belle Isle, James River, Natural Bridge, Powhatan and Westmoreland. www.virginiastateparks.gov | 800-933-PARK (7275) www.virginiastateparks.gov Shenandoah River Seven Bends Sky Meadows 540-622-6840 540-622-6840 540-592-3556 CT • CT • Douthat 540-862-8100 T Natural Bridge 540-291-1326 Smith Mountain Lake 540-297-6066 • 540-854-5503 703-730-8205 703-339-2385 540-288-1400 • B/E/H • B/H • B/E/H/U VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS • • FP • • • • B/E/H H • FP • • B/H • • • B/E/H/U • H/U NORTHERN VIRGINIA Lake Anna Leesylvania Mason Neck Widewater • • • FP CT • • • • B/H/U • • • UD CT CHESAPEAKE BAY Belle Isle Caledon Machicomoco Westmoreland 804-462-5030 540-663-3861 804-642-2419 804-493-8821 • • • B/E/H/U • • B/H • CT • • FP • B/H • FP • P B/H/U COASTAL Chippokes Plantation False Cape­­­­ First Landing York River 757-294-3728 757-426-7128 757-412-2300 757-566-3036 • • P B/E/H/U • • B/H/U • • • B/H • • • FP • • B/E/H/U EASTERN SHORE Photo courtesy Jackie Jamison Kiptopeke CENTRAL VIRGINIA Bear Creek Lake­ High Bridge Trail Holliday Lake James River Pocahontas Powhatan Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Twin Lakes (Cedar Crest Conference Center) Boa t La unc h Boa t Re nta ls Fish in g Day Use O nl y Play grou nds Swi mm in g Trai ls BLUE RIDGE HIGHLANDS SHENANDOAH VALLEY 757-331-2267 • • • FP • • H/U/B 804-492-4410 434-315-0457 434-248-6308 434-933-4355 804-796-4255 804-598-7148 804-561-7510 434-392-3435 434-767-2398 T • • • • B/E/H T • • • • • • • • T • • • • • CT • • 540-643-2500 276-579-7092 276-781-7400 276-781-7425 276-699-6778 276-699-6778 • • • FP • • • T • • • CT • • • • B/H/U B/E/H • B/H/U B/E/H/U • SOUTHERN VIRGINIA Fairy Stone Occoneechee Staunton River Battlefield Staunton River 276-930-2424 434-374-2210 434-454-4312 434-572-4623 T • • • 276-865-4413 276-254-5487 276-940-2674 276-940-2696 276-523-1322 276-445-3065 T • • • • • • • B/E/H • B/H/U • • P B/E/H • • P B/E/H HEART OF APPALACHIA Breaks Interstate Clinch River Natural Tunnel (Cove Ridge Conference Center) Southwest Virginia Museum Wilderness Road CT • • • • B/H • P B/H/U H/U • B/E/H TABLE LEGEND­­­: B Biking CT Car-top Boat Launch E Equestrian FP Fishing Pier H Hiking P Pool Swimming T Electric Motors Only U Universally Accessible UD Under Development B/E/H B/E/H/U P • B/E/H/U B/E/H H • • Many parks offer overnight facilities suitable for reunions, weddings and special events. Some parks even have equestrian campsites. B/E/H/U B/E/H/U • T Claytor Lake Grayson Highlands Hungry Mother (Hemlock Haven Conference Center) New River Trail Shot Tower With lodges, cabins, yurts and campsites, the fun doesn’t end at sundown. Many cabins are available year-round, and most campgrounds ar
Hotel Weyanoke—Farmville Small Towns, Local charm, cozy curios and open arms make these small towns in Virginia worth exploring. Character WRITTEN BY MARY & BILL BURNHAM T KYLE LAFERRIERE 10 he phrase “small town” evokes nostalgia, authenticity and heartfeltwarmth in many of us. What’s not to love? They are authentic, accessible, friendly and stocked with locally-owned businesses. These are communities where you can get off the crowded highway, park the car and walk, ride a bike or even kayak through downtown. Small, family-run businesses offer one-of- a-kind handmade items, from jewelry and art to craft beers and wine. Farmers markets offer locally-grown produce and seafood spring through fall. With almost 200 incorporated towns, dozens more villages and hamlets, plus nearly 30 designated Virginia Main Street Communities, the hard part is deciding which Virginia towns to visit. VIRGINIA .ORG 11 Here are some of our favorites, d ending starting in southwest Virginia, an metown with a shameless plug for our ho on the Eastern Shore. High Bridge Trail State Park—Farmville Harrisonburg Big Stone Gap 12 Farmville HIGH BRIDGE TRAIL STATE PARK (FARMVILLE): ALI ZAMAN / SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA MUSEUM (BIG STONE GAP): JASON BARNETTE June Tolliver House and Art Folk Center—Big Stone Gap Southwest Virginia Museum—Big Stone Gap JUNE TOLLIVER HOUSE (BIG STONE GAP): TIM COX Southwest Virginia’s coal-mining history comes to life in the “Trail of the Lonesome Pine,” Virginia’s longest-running outdoor drama, performed Thursday through Saturday nights, late June through August. Before you go, be sure to read the Big Stone Gap novels by Adriana Trigiani, or watch the Hollywood film by the same name starring Ashley Judd and Whoopi Goldberg. Upon arrival, you can visit places featured in the film, such as Mutual Pharmacy, the Book Mobile, the Farmers Market, as well as the outdoor drama. Fine, well-preserved period homes house The John Fox Jr. Museum, the Southwest Virginia Museum and the June Tolliver House. Cozy B&Bs, cafes and a variety of antique and curio shops round out this small town gem. Fun Festival: 100th annual Tri State Singing Convention, June This formerly industrial town has been reinvented for recreation, craft beverage and shopping lovers. The Appomattox River that once carried tobacco barges is now a designated Scenic River carrying paddlers in search of whitewater or the calmer four-mile Farmville Blueway. The railroad that once carried coal now carries hikers, bikers and equestrians on the 30-mile-long High Bridge Trail State Park. Repurposed tobacco packing houses and lumber warehouses are reincarnated to house Appomattox River Company, Green Front Furniture and the Third Street Brewing Company, serving up local beer, live music, games for the kids and a pet-friendly beer garden. Together with the Virginia Tasting Cellar and the soon-to-open second location of James River Brewing, Farmville is fast becoming a destination for craft beverage lovers. Fun Festival: Heart of Virginia Festival, May Set amidst the vast playground of the idyllic Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg has been called “one of the best mountain bike towns in America” by National Geographic. Forward-thinking entrepreneurs and artisans have blended the past with the present to create a lively melting pot that is distinctive to this college town. Named Virginia’s first Culinary District in 2014, Harrisonburg’s cultural diversity serves up fare from around the world, while taking advantage of locallysourced farm-to-table ingredients. Food. Bar.Food features “global comfort food,” while a mother-daughter team creates soulsoothing pastries at Heritage Bakery & Café. The arts scene is equally diverse, epitomized by the Agora Downtown Market, a community of small businesses under one roof in an historic building. Named for James Madison, fourth president and the “Father of the Constitution,” are the stunning Hotel Madison and James Madison University (JMU), where nearly 20,000 students lend a youthful vitality to this historic town. Fun Festival: Harrisonburg International Festival, September VIRGINIA .ORG 13 Within Virginia’s larger cities, find pockets of uniqueness that make you feel like you’re in a small town! ROANOKE’S HISTORIC GRANDIN VILLAGE This walkable urban village is eclectic and family-friendly at the same time. Spend Saturday morning at the Community Market, dine on an outdoor patio, shop independentlyowned boutiques and take in a first-run or classic film at the 1930s Grandin Theatre. RICHMOND’S SCOTT’S ADDITION One of the hottest, newly revitalized neighborhoods in the state capital. Warehouses converted to breweries, cideries and distilleries, bold street murals, a cinema and a retro bowling alley make this a happening night scene. Immerse yourself in Virginia’s Lake Country at Virginia’s only lakeside town. Buggs Island Lake, also known as Kerr Reservoir, draws anglers to dozens of fishing tournaments yearl

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